Rooms with a View: Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel

February 6th, 2014

If Jay Gatsby needed a retreat from the lavishly loud parties on Long Island, no other hotel could accommodate him better than the legendary Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach. The Roney Plaza was located between 23rd and 24th Streets on Collins Avenue. Before the mega hotel industry explosion on Miami Beach, the Roney Plaza was place to be during the winter season each year Read More...

It’s Showtime! The Coconut Grove Playhouse

January 30th, 2014

The show will go on for the Coconut Grove Playhouse located on the cusp of the Grove’s downtown retail district on Main Highway. It was announced early in 2014 that the Miami-Dade County $20 million bond set aside for the Playhouse restoration took effect, opening the doors for Florida International University (FIU) and the county to lease the Playhouse from the State of Florida Read More...

Gateway to Paradise: Bingham-Bolton-Blossom Estate in Palm Beach

January 16th, 2014

Escape the noisy metropolitan city life one weekend and imagine it’s the Jazz Age again: book a room at The Breakers Hotel and spend a sunny afternoon visiting the site of the original Bingham-Bolton-Blossom 160-acre subtropical estate on the island of Palm Beach. The picturesque property included Figulus, built in 1893 as the winter home of Charles W Read More...

Boom Era Icon: Downtown Miami’s Sears Tower

January 9th, 2014

Sears building, June 17, 1982. Photo Courtesy: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Performing its own arabesque on 13th and Biscayne Boulevard is the iconic Sears Tower that stands at the heart of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.  Shopping mall aerial Read More...

Hot Couture: Downtown Miami’s Burdines Building

December 19th, 2013

Flagler Street at night. Postmarked July 20,1956. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Famous for being the source for year-round “Sunshine Fashions,” Burdines department store was founded in 1896 in Bartow, Florida by William Burdine and partner Henry Payne Read More...

Fins, Futurism, & Fun: Miami Seaquarium

December 12th, 2013

While the rest of the country bundles up this winter, South Florida visitors and locals can spend a simmering day at the Miami Seaquarium. Approaching its 60th anniversary, the Seaquarium opened its doors on September 24th, 1955. The $2 million project, which took 14 months of construction to create the 38-acre marine-life attraction, was the dream of wealthy Ohio industrialist Fred D Read More...

When Art Imitates Life: The Pérez Art Museum Miami

December 5th, 2013

Why get caught up with the art fairs on Miami Beach when you can satisfy your art and food cravings at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Museum Park at Biscayne Bay. December 4th marked the official grand opening of the long-awaited $220 million project designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Read More...